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Feb 5, 2011 06:37 AM

short ribs or comfort food

We will be in the city next weekend. My brother and wife are coming out from Seattle and we are all going in on Saturday and overnight. Believe it or not this is the second trip to NYC she won, hotel, airfare, etc. included in less than a year.

As I don't think it is ever getting warm again we will be looking for comfort food. My brother and husband love short ribs. My two sisters are fussy but usually can find something on a menu be it a burger or steak.

We think we'd like to maybe wander the village area as we are also looking for some good bars where we can sit and talk and then maybe later in the evening get louder and have some fun. We are all in our 50's but like a good time.

Husband and brother like beers, micro brews, local beers, I like artisinal cocktails and sisters like Coors Light.

Saw the menu for Home and it looks like it may be what we are looking for food and area wise. There are six of us and they do take reservations.

Is that a good choice? Any other suggestions instead? How about places to have drinks.

We aren't stuck on the village, we are flexible. We are staying in the Times Square area, brother and sister-in-law by Lincoln Center, so we are willing to take cabs to get where we need to go.

Any suggestions and advice would be appreciated.

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  1. I realize that my request doesn't quite give enough info. As I said we aren't stuck on the village but would prefer that area as we can walk to a number of differant places before or after dinner.

    As for price, not looking for anything too pricey. Figure entrees in the $20s to low $30s would be good. Don't mind spending money if the food is worth it. But as it is more about us getting together a casual not too pricey place would work best.

    3 Replies
    1. re: KathyH

      my fav short rib dish is at Craft. I think you can get away with 30pp if you order the short ribs and 2 sides.

      43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

      1. re: daffyduck

        Went to Craft for New Year's Eve, and the short ribs were to die for. One of my favorite dishes of the night. In terms of pricing, we got out of there for just under $130 (for two people) including tax and tip , and that was for a salad, the short ribs, two side dishes, and soft drinks. I think the total for the food and soft drinks came to $100 exactly, if I remember correctly.

        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

        1. re: daffyduck

          Craft steak had AMAZING short ribs, but its no more... can only hope Craft has the exact same ones!! Thanks for the info.

      2. If you'd consider Italian, Frankies 17 has a nice short rib dish. They're in the East Village and well within your price range. They only take reservations for seatings before 6pm, but it doesn't get too packed until after 8pm.

        Frankies 17 Spuntino
        17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        1. I love short ribs too, my favorite comfort food.

          The short ribs at Balthazar are excellent, meaty, tender with a decadently rich sauce. The cost is $35, but well worth it in my opinion. They are the Saturday night special.


          Balthazar's short ribs recipe:

          Also, Last winter I had some delicious short ribs at the Film Center Cafe, located near the theater district. While I don't see them on the menu listed on menupages, you could call and ask if they are serving them. Here is the menupages link:

          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          Film Center Cafe
          635 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

          1. Gentleman Farmer on the Lower East Side is French comfort food right around your price point. I thought I had short ribs there but they don't seem to be on the menu currently. I really enjoyed the meal there a few months ago though I haven't manage to get back for a second try yet. It's a narrow, cozy place with a very small kitchen. It's the kind of place that seems to only exist in NYC.

            Gentleman Farmer
            40 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            1. In the West Village area is Po, which is an excellent Italian restaurant with generous portion sizes and a cozy atmosphere. The prices are also very reasonable. And while it might be a bit of a stretch for the picky eaters, they do have steak & short ribs on the menu. If you like beer, you could then stop at Blind Tiger (it does get loud) or Daddy-O before hand. For artisanal cocktails, Little Branch (speakeasy-esque), Employees Only, and Pegu Club are nearby. And you could also hang out in the front area of Perilla (quieter) or Yerba Buena (loud).


              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

              Blind Tiger
              281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

              44 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

              Little Branch
              22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

              Employees Only
              510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              Pegu Club
              77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

              Yerba Buena Perry
              1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014